Tickets are now on sale for the Gypsum Daze concert featuring LeAnn Rimes, Collin Raye and IMAJ.The concert starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at Gypsum's Lundgren Theater Park. Tickets cost $15 and are currently available at www.townofgypsum.com. After June 1, tickets will also be available through July 18 at Columbine Market in Gypsum, the Eagle and Gypsum branches of Alpine Bank, and all Active Communications locations. Tickets purchased at the gate on July 20 cost $25.Rimes earned country music fame at age 13 in 1996 and became the youngest person to win a Grammy Award the following year when she won two (Best New Artist and Best Female Country Vocal Performance). Her career has continued to grow and the singer has become a tabloid sensation.Collin Raye performed in Gypsum last summer and people enjoyed him so much that he's coming back. His heart-felt music has been popular at weddings and funerals since the early 1990s and his pitch-perfect voice continues to produce hits today. If you're familiar with the lyrics, "Every second, every minute, every hour of every day," you've heard Collin Raye, who has been nominated five times as country music's Male Vocalist of the Year.IMAJ is the daughter of "Miami Vice" star Phillip Michael Thomas and the Nashville Artist Management website describes her as a young, aspiring country music singer with a deep appreciation and passion for both traditional and contemporary country music.Gypsum Daze officially starts Thursday, July 18, and the following days are packed with all sorts of entertainment and events for adults and children. For a complete schedule, visit www.townofgypsum.com.
Gypsum Town Council passed an ordinance last week that prohibits the operation of marijuana clubs, cultivation facilities and product manufacturing facilities within town limits.The town has never allowed any marijuana businesses to open there."To get a business license in Gypsum, you have to sign an affidavit that says you comply with all local, state and federal laws - you can't sign it for a marijuana business because it's still illegal with the federal government. So we don't really have to do anything. We didn't even change the format of our business license for this - it's been the same for about 10 years," said Gypsum Town Manager Jeff Shroll.The new ordinance merely "codifies" the town's stance on marijuana businesses more clearly, he said.With member Tim McMichael absent, the council approved the ordinance unanimously. The policy is in response to Amendment 64, which legalizes marijuana for recreational use by people over 21 in Colorado. The drug is still illegal under federal law."I've had several (Gypsum Town Council) members approach me and ask if there was any way we could basically prohibit all marijuana," Shroll said. "The town has successfully denied a half-dozen requests over the years, mostly because of the affidavit. This ordinance makes it very clear that there is a ban on all marijuana establishments."Gypsum's ordinance won't affect people who are permitted to grow up to six plants for personal use. Shroll said municipalities can't outright prohibit all the personal grows, so Gypsum has not attempted to do that. "There are some jurisdictions that may get a little more restrictive but it's recommended that we not do that at this time," he said.
When it came down to it, Oldcastle SW Group/B&B Excavating was not ready last week to take the final step of annexing one of its properties into the town of Gypsum."The applicants are not prepared for final approval," Gypsum Town Planner Lana Gallegos told Gypsum Town Council members March 26, when the final reading of the annexation agreement was scheduled.The first reading was heard and approved in mid-February. Now the process that took place after that must be started all over again."We need to rerun legal ads of the resolution for four more weeks," Gallegos said.The follow-up hearing is now slated for May 28.The 45-acre property is east of Gypsum. B&B has been at the site in unincorporated Eagle County since 1986 and was purchased by Oldcastle in 1999. The company currently trucks material to its other site in Edwards to make concrete.The company wants to consolidate its operations at the property between Eagle and Gypsum. To do that, it will need potable water and the nearest waterline belongs to the town of Gypsum. Jason Burkey and other company representatives asked the town last May if it would be possible to get its water.Burkey emphasized that the company is not adding any kind of use to the property. He said B&B currently imports crushed and washed sand and gravel to make asphalt at the Eagle/Gypsum site. Asphalt and concrete are also recycled there."If we don't have to send material to Edwards to make concrete, that will save a lot of driving and reduce our carbon footprint," he said.B&B is getting water out of the deal and the town of Gypsum is apparently getting a willing partner to help with the ECO Trail and river access at the property."We would commit to easement and some kind of path/river access as part of the annex agreement," Burkey told the council in February.